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T Milton Street

Sessions

Session Year Position District Party
1981 3 Republican
1983 3 Republican
 Counties   Philadelphia

Biography

1941 -

T. Milton Street, Sr. is an entrepreneur and former politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the brother of former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street. Originally a street hot dog vendor, he rose to prominence as an activist challenging the city's vending and housing ordinances. He was elected to the 181st District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1978, and to the Pennsylvania State Senate as a Democrat in 1980. However, shortly after his election, he switched parties to a Republican in order to give the Republicans control of the State Senate. He was rewarded with a committee chairmanship and a finer office that was previously State Senator Vince Fumo's. He was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Congress against incumbent Rep. Bill Gray in 1982, and an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for re-election as State Senator in 1984. He later returned to prominence during the 1990s through his many business ventures, including a local amphibious tour bus company and vending and consulting contracts with the city and Philadelphia International Airport.